Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

Fidelistas

2016.08.15

Fidel Castro just turned 90 two days ago — no longer as we remember him, ever youthful, ever vigorous. What did he have that fascinated so many of us for so long, that let him dominate Cuba and from that small base to shake the whole world? And threatening to do more than just shake … read more »

Palestine: frustrations and aspirations

2016.07.13

The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber by Mitri I Musleh My rating: 2 of 5 stars Impassioned account by a Palestinian Canadian of the frustrations facing Palestinian youth, but with little original insight or analysis. The author fills his few pages with documentation on the Israeli occupation and “how Israel mistreats the Palestinian people” … read more »

Weaving us back together

2016.06.13

The shooting in Orlando is just one more confirmation of how badly our social fabric is torn, and of the many and desperate people there are trying to tear us further apart. While browsing in a bookstore, Le Merle Moqueur, in Paris last week, my eye was caught by this little book, which turned out … read more »

Novel in progress: The Bookbinder

2016.06.08

What drives and sustains people to believe that they can and must change the world, no matter how great the sacrifice? And how does such struggle change them? The Bookbinder questions such revolutionary ambitions at two historical moments. In Paris in 1870-71, a naïve 17-year old apprentice bookbinder, full of hormonal excitement and revolutionary illusions, … read more »

The end of the world: Long, mid and near view

2016.05.23

We feel it — don’t you? “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold”. Everything is changing so fast, so many crises are coming one on top of another, we can sense that the world is again coming to an end, as it did for Yeats and his  generation in 1914-1919. Or for the Ancien régime … read more »

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